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"When it comes to judging LHN — which on Friday will mark five years to the day that it launched on Aug. 26, 2011 — beauty is in the eye of the beholder, it seems. And let’s be honest. Just about  everyone has expressed some kind of opinionabout the UT-centric network, which started with 20,000 subscribers in Texas five years ago but now boasts 20 million coast to coast."
It’s been five years since Matthew McConaughey appeared on TV cooing about “a new place to watch, to cheer, to look for one school, one star, one state. “Welcome to Longhorn Network.” One incredible success? One spectacular failure? When it comes to judging LHN — which on Friday will mark five years to the day that …
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"The motivator of this round of Big 12 expansion is just like every other round of expansion. Money. It’s a straight financial play. One wise veteran of realignment said that making an average of about $100 million extra per year, as the Big 12 is slated to do, is like getting TV network money without adding a TV network. The Big 12 would get that money, essentially, if it added four intramural programs.
The Big 12 has no chance of starting a linear network, one of the recent motivators for adding schools. Nor is the league’s television contract up soon, which is the other historic trigger for realignment. This is a straight cash play to make sure the league doesn’t get left behind financially, as it’s the only major conference without a television network."
Big 12 expansion is dominating the college sports landscape, and it’s very much unclear who the conference will add. But there are a host of smaller q
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"For better or for worse, at the moment the Big 12, Texas, and Longhorn Network appear to be stuck with each other.  The creation of the Longhorn Network may have saved the Big 12, but it may have also ensured the conference always faces this uphill battle to match its power five cohorts."
This week, ESPN announced the official creation of the ACC Network, coming to a cable or satellite system near you in 2019. It will bring the ACC into the fold as the fourth power five conference to launch their own network, joining the Big Ten, SEC, and Pac-12. Having their own network not only secures the …
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"When ESPN launched the Longhorn Network in August of 2011, the Texas Longhorns-focused channel promised live sporting events and comprehensive studio shows dedicated to Longhorn sports.
Five years later, the live events remain, but according to a report from Ryan Autullo of the Austin American-Statesman, studio shows will no longer be a part of the network's programing."
When ESPN launched the Longhorn Network in August of 2011, the Texas Longhorns-focused channel promised live sporting events and comprehensive studio shows dedicated to
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"As for Texas’ beloved Longhorn Network, Perrin said he was emphatically in favor of keeping the only single-school network in the country other than BYU’s, probably into perpetuity. But at least through a contract running through 2031. 'I would not disturb it at this time,' he said."
IRVING — Texas likes the status quo. A lot. Athletic director Mike Perrin may not have signaled the death knell for Big 12 expansion, but he did it no favors on Wednesday, and a pool of up to 25 schools that have been flooding league commissioner Bob Bowlsby’s inbox may now need life support. If the …
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"OU President David Boren took a conciliatory tone when talking about the University of Texas and its Longhorn Network Thursday. Speaking to reporters following a Board of Regents meeting, Boren said there was no animosity between himself and the administration at Texas. 'I'm not out to get Texas,' Boren said."
OU President David Boren took a conciliatory tone when talking about the University of Texas and its Longhorn Network Thursday.
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"Another question is how this move helps the two Big 12 superpowers that would be courted by other leagues when the Big 12’s grant of rights expires. Texas could join any league it wants, but it would have to fold the Longhorn Network to do so. The Big 12 is actually a very good deal for Texas, and it might be the most attractive deal to the Longhorns. Remember, Texas wouldn’t be able to boss around Ohio State, Michigan, USC or UCLA."
Tuesday’s announcement that the Big 12 will evaluate other schools for possible expansion brings about an abundance of questions over who and what may
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"With a contract that does not end for another 15 years, there is no indication the LHN will end any time soon. Bevo will just get fatter as the Big 12 just gets more desperate."
The Big 12 is considering expansion, which would be considerably easier if somehow it cut a deal with Texas and ESPN to start its own TV network.
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"So does the ACC have more in common with the SEC or the Pac 12 and the Longhorn Network?"
Yesterday ESPN announced the ACC Network would launch in August of 2019, three years from now.
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"It's believed a majority of the Big 12 presidents favor expansion, although it remains uncertain whether they've agreed on the two schools they'd prefer to invite. It appears none of the candidates – including UC, BYU, Houston and Memphis – could help bring in a big enough windfall of TV money to make expansion worth it for Texas to give up its sweetheart Longhorn Network deal."
IRVING, Texas – The University of Cincinnati's chances of being invited into the Big 12 Conference hinge on Texas, and it was made clear on Wednesday the became more clear Wednesday that the league's big boy doesn't appear ready to budge on expansion
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"There are individual questions the Big 12 must address this summer, like whether the 10-team league should expand by two members. Or should the league add a championship game now that it has NCAA approval to do so? And, perhaps most important in the long run, should the Big 12 create its own league-wide television network? And would Texas ever surrender its Longhorn Network? None of these questions can be answered on their own. They’re all tied together, each one affecting the other."
Conference realignment, at least in this part of the country this go-around, has become a mind-numbing topic with seemingly no end in sight. “Almost as exciting as a presidential race,” Houston athletic director Hunter Yurachek said. It’s an unescapable topic in Big 12 quarters, even if things are quiet at the moment in the other …
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"One question for those clinging to the concept that the University of Texas will shutter the Longhorn Network to aid in the area of expanding the Big 12. Why would UT do that?"
One question for those clinging to the concept that the University of Texas will shutter the Longhorn Network to aid in the area of expanding the Big 12.
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